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Apr 28 2011

Students Who Overcame Hardships Recognized at Honor Society Induction

New York, N.Y. (April 28, 2011) – Eighteen students praised their biggest supporters amid tears and smiles while being inducted into NYIT’s first chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

The students, members of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), were recognized for academic achievements and contributions to the community. During the ceremonial pinning, many gave emotional thanks to their mothers and friends for support while pursuing an NYIT education.

Several students were honored for their dedication to others when they took their nursing and architecture skills abroad to countries including Chile, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Others were recognized for their leadership on the Manhattan campus, or for work assisting NYIT staff.

"Even though the students come from different programs including advertising, nursing, and computer science, they all share the same vision: the power of an education,” said Deepa Bhalla, NYIT’s director of HEOP, which supports students with financial and academic hardships as they earn a college degree.

At the April 28, ceremony at NYIT-New York, Bhalla explained that many of the honorees are the first in their families to pursue a degree, overcoming struggles along the way to stay motivated and focused on graduating and launching a career.

New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins applauded the students for their successes and predicted that they will be the ones leading others through similar “roads in life.” She was inducted as an honorary member into the honor society, along with John Agnelli III, NYIT’s dean of campus life and Zennabelle Sewell, associate dean of campus life. 

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